Survey Findings on HKSAR Government’s Popularity in June 2019 Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK
A telephone survey was conducted from 17 to 20 June 2019 by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to study the popularity of the HKSAR Government. A total of 732 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 39.6%. The sampling error is estimated at plus or minus 3.62 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
Major findings are summarised as follows:
Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government. According to the survey, 18.4% of the 732 respondents expressed satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 60.4% said they were dissatisfied, and 19.8% answered ‘in-between’. The corresponding figures for May 2019 were 22.6%, 40.5%, and 34.2%, respectively. The statistical analysis shows that the results for June 2019 were significantly different from those of May 2019. When comparing the figures with that from the same month last year (i.e. June 2018), it was found that the percentage of satisfaction in June 2019 (18.4%) was dramatically lower than that of June 2018 (32.6%). The difference in percentage distribution between June 2019 and June 2018 was also statistically significant.
Rating of Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The survey in June 2019 indicated that the performance rating of Chief Executive Carrie Lam (with a point scale ranging from 0 to 100, 50 as the passing mark) stood at 37.5 on average, significantly lower than the rating for May (48.1). The statistical significance test (t-test) shows that the mean difference between the rating in June 2019 and the rating in May 2019 was statistically significant. Also, when comparing her current rating (37.5) with that of June 2018 (55.5), the mean difference of the two months was statistically significant.
Ratings of Three Secretaries. The ratings of the Chief Secretary for Administration (Mathew Cheung), Financial Secretary (Paul Chan) and Secretary for Justice (Teresa Cheng) in June 2019 were 37.0, 34.4 and 26.8 respectively. The corresponding figures in May 2019 were 45.0, 38.3 and 33.7. The comparison of the ratings of the three Secretaries between June 2019 and May 2019 shows that statistically significant difference was found. When their ratings in June 2019 were compared with the respective figures in June 2018, statistically significant differences were also found for them.
Trust in the HKSAR Government. As of June 2019, 22.1% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 48.9% expressed distrust; 26.9% answered ‘in-between’. The results in May 2019 were 24.9%, 30.1%, and 40.5%, respectively. There was statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between June 2019 and May 2019. Comparing the figure in the current survey with those of June 2018, it shows that the percentage of trust in the HKSAR Government in June 2019 (22.1%) was much lower than that of June 2018 (34.0%), and statistically significant difference was also found between these two months.
Trust in the Central Government. Regarding the level of trust in the Central Government in June 2019, 17.4% said they trusted it, 54.7% answered the opposite, and 24.2% said ‘in-between’. The respective figures from May were 21.6%, 41.1%, and 29.1%. Statistically significant differences were found between June 2019 and May 2019. Moreover, the difference between the percentages in June 2019 (Trust: 17.4%; Distrust: 54.7%) and the percentages in June 2018 (Trust: 21.9%; Distrust: 41.0%) was also found statistically significant.